Looking for a non-traditional musical element? Pass by the Queen-Yonge entrance of the Toronto Eaton Centre for a walk-by audition of Hogtown Sound. The six-man instrument band is a frequent busking fixture there, entertaining passersby with jazzed up, funky covers of top pop songs. Other makeshift stages include Union Station and the St. Lawrence Market. The university music students, who met through various freelance gigs, catapulted their studies into a busking band as a way to not only share their love of performance but also as a means to pay tuition debts.
Young, energetic and cued to improvisational fun, Hogtown Sound is predominately horn-based with a repertoire of over 60 songs, from traditional brass band marching tunes and television/movie theme favourites to Justin Bieber and Bob Marley. In addition to street shows, past performances include Canada Day festivities, musical greeters outside Holt Renfrew during TIFF, and Toronto Buskerfest. With the ability to add or subtract players, the band is available year-round for corporate and private events.